Monthly Archives: September 2012

“A Lyrical Exploration of Grand Hypotheses”

Here is my introductory song for the premiere of Season 6 of “The Big Bang Theory”

(Just read or sing to the beat of the show’s opening credits)

Five nerds & Penny saw Howard take-off from land,
And some were even shocked to learn what they would do next. And—
Penny crossed her line in the sand,
Leonard thought this was grand,
Sheldon held Amy’s hand,
Raj and Bernadette were overwhelmed (Their ‘Froot Loops’ was gone!)
Marriage, physics, space is revealing Cupid’s case,
For all of our favorites in Season 6-6!

Have a Happy Bazinga Thursday Everyone!!

This Poem Will Be Legen-wait for it…

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(Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother)

My Poetic Recap for How I Met Your Mother, Season 8
(Remember to read it like it takes place in the era of carriages, quill pens & “Oliver Twist”)

There is this guy named Theodore,
who is a lover, not a fighter, at his core
In a moment of true serendipity,
he turned and saw a Robin in the bar of his city
MacLaren’s is where he congregates and tells his grand tales,
of New York’s architectural giants to his friends with no avail
An awkward meeting with the one they call Barney that prompted a ‘No & Please Go,’
was in fact when Ted first learned the ways of the Bro (True Story)
After telling Robin “I Love You” on their first date,
he soon discovered he had screwed their possible fate
Many girls have been courted by this goofy yet lovable Bro named Ted,
but the name of the mother to his two children has yet to be said
Marshall is his best friend and would never steer him wrong,
except for that one party, where he repeatedly slammed the gong
Barney dates women like it’s his job (what is his job?),
usually with an alias like Neil or Julio or Bob
When you see him and ask, “Hey Bro, what’s up?”
He will quickly respond with an enthusiastic “Suit up!”
Lily interferes, but with best intentions at heart,
in fact, it’s so impressive it’s become an art
Nevertheless, Ted will not give up hope,
to find his true love and pick out that wallpaper in taupe
In a new apartment and with everything changing,
Barney getting married has forced everyone to do some mental rearranging
Marshall and Lily are living in a place with memories throughout,
which is sure to see a few childish pouts
Victoria is the girl that holds Ted’s heart,
but this isn’t to be as they will inevitably part
In the end, who is the one Ted will marry?
One things for sure, it will be legendary!

Boom- Poeted

A Declaration of Pride

Walking around Crew Stadium on September 11, 2012 before the World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica was a surreal experience. After 9/11, MLS had sewn a patch onto every players jersey to remember the events of that fateful day. Exactly eleven years later and it’s impossible not reflect on what happened on that seemingly perfect September morning. Perhaps it was fitting that U.S. soccer decided to schedule a game on this day because they knew that people would put their American pride on full display. We all did and it was a spectacle.

A special tribute occurred from the 9′-11′ when fans were asked to stand (already doing so) and wave their flags given to us at the gates. It was an especially patriotic two minutes.

While this was not my first U.S. Men’s soccer game, the sheer sight of American jerseys, shirts, pants and flags in all directions made it a special night. Crew Stadium became the epicenter of an outspoken patriotism at its best with kids and adults alike sporting and chanting their love of America. Hearing speeches from our leaders is one thing, but seeing and hearing it from our friends, family and total strangers is when commitment and dedication to one’s country is shown and felt.

Checking out the merchandise tent is always a fun experience. One of the biggest grabs, a red and white horizontal striped jersey, was debuted earlier this year and remains extremely popular with fans today. To the casual eye, it does bear a striking resemblance to the shirt made famous by a constantly hidden gentleman who goes by the name “Waldo.” Before you judge though, take a look at what it looks like on a cute girl and your preconceived notions may take a full 180. It’s a sight alright.

Throughout the 90 + minutes, it was actually difficult not to look away from the action and take in the panoramic views of the stadium. Flags were waving, fans chanted, “USA-USA-USA!” and virtually nobody was sitting in their seats during either half. It was a textbook atmosphere for a game involving the U.S. Men’s soccer team. The ‘beautiful game’ had a beautiful environment.

In the 55th minute, Herculez Gomez made the atmosphere electric with a perfectly placed free kick. “Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!”

USA soccer JamaicaThe Associated Press

During the second half, I peered to the row behind me that consisted of five girlfriends in matching striped jerseys (this is the ‘cute girl test’) and it truly is a cool shirt in a crowd. Not too much later, a screen shot on the scoreboard featured a man in the aforementioned jersey standing next to an American flag at a past game. Turning to the person next to me, I said, “Look at how cool that looks…the jersey next to the flag.” She replied, “Wow, that does look cool.” A eureka moment was born.

The U.S. Men’s National Team currently wears the red and white striped jersey. Assuming they qualify for the next round, I have a proposal for a new jersey.

Dear Nike,

Please design a dark blue jersey (same color as on the flag) decorated with white stars.

This way the two jerseys 1. Red and white horizontal stripes & 2. Dark blue with white stars would complement each other to form the American flag. The home and away jerseys would be called, “The Stars” and “The Stripes” respectively. Furthermore, during home games, sections of the stadium could be coordinated by the two jerseys to form an actual flag along each of the sidelines.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Lentz

Forget the beauty pageant sash from 2010. Let’s not just play against our opponents in red, white and blue, but instead go to battle with Old Glory herself.

Just imagine our guys standing in “The Stars” or “The Stripes” singing,

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

“Nothing But The Best”

85 = 4 + 9 +2

My grandfather’s 85th Birthday Celebration brought together his 4 children and their spouses, his 9 grandchildren (plus 1 husband) and his 2 great-grandchildren. While we are not the Romneys, it was still a large family get together. Gathering in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, cousins and relatives flew in from all over to honor a man we proudly refer to as Pardner.

The party was a throwback in a few senses. There was a live band with instruments (no DJ or MacBook Pro), a singer, delightful hors d’oeuvres, drinks for all ages and, above all, great company. Fittingly, the soiree was at a superb country club built for such occasions.

Shortly after taking our seats, one grandchild observed, “It’s strange when nearly everyone at the kids table has a glass of wine.” Rest assured, we were all cognizant of the situation and it can be reported that nobody was ‘ossified.’ Now, if “Call Me Maybe” had started playing, things may have gotten a little crazy for a variety of reasons.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren worthy of their own sitcom aside, it was a wonderful night for a wonderful man. Through speeches, his brother, friends and children paid tribute to their friend and father who changed and shaped their lives. They encapsulated the greatness and admirable attributes of somebody who has gone and continues to go to great lengths to make our lives better. Truly a gentleman.

The man we all call Pardner was celebrated and honored in grand fashion and rightly so. He was a superb tennis player and captain at a major university and continues to give back to his community and to those less fortunate. Not only are we proud to call him our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but he should feel proud of his children and the success of their children.

Here is a list of the schools his children and grandchildren have attended and are attending:

Arizona, Cornell, Grove City College, IU, UNC, Penn State, Purdue (2), Quinnipiac (2), UVA and Wisconsin (2)

No matter where our lives take us, there will always be one constant for us all: Pardner’s legacy will continue to live on in places all across the country and even world. Perhaps it’s in the form of tennis or a happy disposition or genuine concern for his or her fellow person or in finding great love. Maybe it will shine through in a way Pardner lives and only Frank can say…

After the last picture was taken, the final song was played & the last drink was drunk, the time had come for us to call it a night. We always hear about “The Greatest Generation” and how incredible and amazing they are.

Luckily for us, we have a primary source.

Happy 85th Birthday Pardner!